13 surprising things Calderdale gave the world
From road safety inventions to an iconic tin of sweets, here are 13 things that Calderdale has given the world over the years.
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1. Cat's eyes
The inventor of cats eyes, a retroreflective safety device used in road marking, was Percy Shaw from Boothtown. The name comes from Shaws inspiration, the eyeshine reflecting from the eyes of a cat.
2. Dobson's Yorkshire Mixtures
The famous Elland sweetmakers Dobsons created the famous Yorkshire Mixtures by accident as it is said that one day whilst one of Joseph Dobsons sons fell when carrying a tray of sweets downstairs.
3. Halifax Gibbet
The Halifax Gibbet was an early guillotine used during the 16th century and inspired the guillotine, the symbol for the French Revolution. A replica gibbet currently sits on the original site in Halifax.
4. Incredible Edible
Over ten years ago a group of people in Todmorden gathered together to create the grow-your-own Incredible Edible movement that has swept communities across the nation and the world.